COLUMBIA, Mo. - Three records were broken in the pool on the first day of at the 2009 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships. After the first day, Texas A&M’s men sit ahead of Texas and Missouri with 113 points, while UT lead the women’s field after scoring 80 points through two relays.
Texas’ men’s and women’s squads set Big 12 Championship and overall conference meet records, and tabbed NCAA automatic-qualifying times in the 200-yard medley relay finals. The men’s team of Hill Taylor, Agustin Magruder, Ricky Berens and Jimmy Feigen clocked a 1:24.23, while Katie Riefenstahl, Carlye Ellis, Kathleen Hersey and Hee-Jin Chang swam a 1:37.40 for the women.
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, UT’s Karlee Bispo, Leah Gingrich, Riefenstahl and Hersey set the third championship and conference record of the day with a time of 6:58.37. On the men’s side, it was the Longhorns who finished ahead as the relay of Berens, Michael Klueh, Ryan Verlatti and Dave Walters swam a 6:15.13.
A&M’s Eric Sehn walked away with his 10th Big 12 individual title after scoring a 386.80 in the one-meter springboard. His 10 titles is the most in the history of the championship, and ties for first all-time in conference. Sehn is also the first diver to win four titles in the event during a four-year career.
The championships resume Thursday at 10 a.m. with preliminary action, with the finals slated for a 6 p.m. start.
Men- 1. Texas A&M 113; 2. Texas 112; 3. Missouri 105
Women- 1. Texas 80; 2. Texas A&M 68; 3. Missouri 62; 3. Kansas 62; 5. Iowa State 54; 5. Nebraska 54
DAY ONE CHAMPIONS
200-Yard Medley Relay: Texas - 1:24.23$* (Hill Taylor, Agustin Magruder, Ricky Berens, Jimmy Feigen)
800-Yard Freestyle Relay: Texas - 6:15.13$ (Ricky Berens, Michael Klueh, Ryan Verlatti, David Walters)
Men’s 1-Meter Diving: Eric Sehn, Texas A&M - 352.45
200-Yard Medley Relay: Texas - 1:37.40$* (Katie Riefenstahl, Carlye Ellis, Kathleen Hersey, Hee-Jin Chang)
800-Yard Freestyle Relay: Texas - 6:58.37$* (Karlee Bispo, Leah Gingrich, Katie Riefenstahl, Kathleen Hersey)
$ - NCAA Championships Automatic-Qualifying Time
* - Big 12 Championships Meet Record